Coronavirus: A ban on evictions and help for rough sleepers

This briefing paper explains measures the Government has put in place during the coronavirus outbreak to assist households to retain their homes and to enable local authorities to tackle the specific challenges faced by rough sleepers. The paper is being updated regularly to take account of new developments. …

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Leasehold high-rise flats: who pays for fire safety work?

This paper considers the debate about who is responsible for paying for fire safety works on blocks of flats in the wake of the Grenfell Tower fire. It covers progress in implementing the Government decision to fund remediation work for affected blocks with ACM cladding in the social and private sectors. In March 2020, a £1 billion Building Safety Fund was announced to fund the removal of unsafe non-ACM cladding on high-rise blocks in the social and private sectors. …

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Stimulating housing supply – Government initiatives (England)

This briefing paper summarises the main 2015 and 2017 Government initiatives aimed at increasing housing supply in England, aside from planning measures. The 2019 Government will continue with, and build on many of these initiatives. March 2020 saw publication of Planning for the Future – this paper set out a series of actions the 2019 Government intends to take to meet its housing supply commitments. …

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Shared ownership (England): the fourth tenure?

This House of Commons Library briefing paper explains how shared ownership housing operates in England. It outlines Government policies to extend shared ownership, including proposals for a new national model for shared ownership and a new right to shared ownership for housing association tenants. The paper also examines the key barriers to extending shared ownership. …

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Leasehold and commonhold reform

This briefing paper considers trends in leasehold ownership and ongoing problems associated with the sector. The 2017 Government committed to legislate in this area “as soon as Parliamentary time allows”. The Conservative Manifesto 2019 contained a pledge to “continue with our reforms to leasehold.” The paper was updated to include new statistics released in September 2019. …

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What is affordable housing?

This briefing paper considers how affordable housing is defined in England and looks at key trends in the affordability of different tenure types. It examines the supply of affordable housing and the role of Housing Benefit in enabling households to access and retain affordable housing. The paper has been updated to include new data on housing affordability. …

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Implementation of the Housing and Planning Act 2016

The Housing and Planning Act 2016 (HPA 2016) received Royal Assent on 12 May 2016. This briefing paper outlines progress in implementing the Act’s provisions. Several key measures in the Act will not be taken forward, such as ‘pay to stay’ and mandatory fixed-term tenancies for local authority landlords in England. …

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Freehold houses: estate charges

It is becoming increasingly common on new-build private estates for freeholders to be required to contribute to the maintenance of the estate’s communal areas and facilities. This practice has been referred to as ‘fleecehold’. This short paper provides background on the issue and sets out the Government’s proposed reforms. The paper covers England only. …

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New-build housing: construction defects – issues and solutions (England)

This briefing paper considers the existing building control regime and customers’ means of redress when faced with defects in newly built housing. It summarises the findings of the All-Party Parliamentary Group’s 2016 inquiry and recommended actions and explains the Government and industry response. …

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Leaseholders in social housing: paying for major works (England)

An explanation of the assistance available to assist long leaseholders of social landlords in paying for major works. In August 2014 the Coalition Government introduced a cap on the amount that can be recovered from these long leaseholders where the work has been carried out with funding from central Government. The cap has been referred to as “Florrie’s law.” The Housing, Communities and Local Government Committee has recommended the introduction of a Code of Practice for social landlords. …

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Estimates Day debate: Spending of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government

There will be an Estimates Day debate in the House of Commons Chamber on 2 July 2019 on the spending of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (MHCLG). The debate will be opened by Layla Moran MP.…

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